Braden Halladay has an awful lot to live up to. His father, the late Roy Halladay, an eight-time all-star and two-time Cy Young award winner, was recently voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. While the induction ceremony is not until July, it is fair to say that the legacy of Roy Halladay has come to a close in a fitting manner.
So, what does this mean for Braden? Well, as one door closes, another door opens. For Braden Halladay, that door happens to be in University Park, Pennsylvania. Halladay is committed to Penn State baseball and will be joining the Nittany Lions beginning in the 2020 season.
This will be Halladay’s first step onto the national stage, as he hopes to explore greater horizons for himself and the Penn State baseball program alike. Penn State has finished in the bottom three of the Big Ten for six straight seasons. The Nittany Lions have not made the Big Ten tournament since 2012 and have not made the NCAA tournament since the turn of the century.
With all that in mind, Halladay could be one of the pieces coach Rob Cooper has been searching for since taking over the program. To begin, he is a high tier recruit for a cold weather program such as Penn State, ranking as the top Florida prospect, and the 16th prospect nationally in his class, according to MaxPreps.
With his notable status comes remarkable efficiency. Penn State pitchers have struggled mightily throughout Cooper’s tenure. Last season, with the exception of Mason Mellott, no Penn State pitchers managed an ERA under 4.60. Halladay’s 2.12 ERA in his junior season of high school could translate to a helpful addition to a struggling Nittany Lions’ staff.
Penn State is also in dire need of a pitcher who can eat up innings. Halladay doubled his innings from his sophomore to junior seasons and is due for another steady increase for his senior campaign.
However, there are still some questions surrounding Halladay’s game as he finishes up his high school career. His strikeout-to-walk ratio has decreased as his workload has increased, dipping under two for the first time last season. It is imperative to manage walks and laborious innings, especially in a cold climate such as Pennsylvania, where Halladay will not be accustomed to pitching in at such a high level.
Regardless, as Halladay prepares to take the mound at Medlar Field in 2020, he will do so behind the legacy of a Hall of Fame father. It is certainly too early to tell if Braden will approach Roy’s accomplishments. However, it will be interesting to see the next wave of Halladay talent in a community starved for baseball success.
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